I am not a great fan of Apple but I recognize the quality on some of its products. Recently I decided to buy a MacBook Air M1 for two reasons, it offered good battery life and no fan noise. I’ve owned a MacBook before and although I used it daily I was never impressed with it.
The new MacBook Air uses a processor called M1 (apparently made by Apple) that works well with the internal hardware, capable of fast processing while remaining cool without the need for fans and it manages battery life more efficiently than the old intel version.
Okay, I am impressed
This is a cool little laptop and I mean that literally, it stays cool even when doing video editing. The MacBook Air M1 is almost everything I wanted in a laptop.
Gone are the days of carrying my AC adapter all the time, checking my battery percentage and looking for a place to recharge, this little thing can hold its battery power for a week (depending on how you use it) without having to plug it in for recharge, it is quite refreshing not having to worry about my battery.
The very friendly touchpad or trackpad (whatever its called) is very easy to learn, it’s intuitive and allows the user to navigate easily through different desktops, files and documents.
- Battery lasts over 20 hours
- No fan noise
- Stays cool
- Charges through USB-C
- Sturdy hinges
- Fast M1 processor
- Great keyboard
- Touch ID
- No touchscreen
- No USB Type-A
- No SD Card slot
- No HDMI
- Needs a separate adapter (dongle)
Great but still no touchscreen
All new Windows laptops in this price range have touchscreens. The new MacBook line do not have touchscreens, this is not a deal breaker for me but this move is not surprising for a company like Apple since they tend to do tiny incremental changes over long periods of time to maximize sales and later add old technology to its devices that has been available in competitor’s products for ages. By the year 2030 they might release the first MacBook with a touchscreen and call it “revolutionary”.
Like most technology devices, computers are tools, they are not impressive on their own unless it is the right tool for the right job. I used to be an early adopter and buy the latest and greatest every year to stay current but I learned to buy just what I need.
The MacBook Air M1 could be the best little laptop you can get for $1000 if you are looking for a fast laptop with long battery and a decent screen. I recommend it to anyone that is familiar with Apple laptops and is currently on the market for a new one, with all its flaws the MacBook Air M1 is a good tool that serves its intended purpose.